Wednesday, January 25, 2012

For me!

Other than ornaments, I am really bad about making things for myself. So for this last weekend of the After Christmas Sew Along, I decided to make this new tote bag for myself.




here is a peek inside so you can see the lining and pockets (I made an extra one)




and key fob....which I've already used.



I am really pleased at how well it turned out....the best part is that I had the fabrics in my stash! I couldn't believe my luck that the two matched so well.

I used the "All In 1 Tote" pattern out of this book...Simple Sewing



here is what the tote looks like in the book



Since I didn't use a canvas or duck type fabric, I bought a really stiff, thick interfacing. Then made another liner layer and sandwiched it between the exterior of the bag and the lining. I thought that would be easier in the long run.
The only thing I had to do differently was shave a bit off the size of the lining to accommodate the thick interfacing. I just did a 1/2 seam allowance instead of 1/4....easy peasy!

10 comments:

Zoƫ said...

I think that your is so much cuter then the one in the book. Good for you, making something for you is ALWAYS important!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Easy peasy because you know what you are doing. My mom sewed clothes for me when I was little, but I don't once remember her offering to teach me how to sew. I learned to crochet from my cousin when I was about 20. And to cross-stitch from a lady I worked for in high school. After all these years, I am certainly thankful to those teachers. What would I do without crafting? :) Hope you are having a great week. Tammy

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Val
The bag is GORGEOUS. I adore the fabric. You are so clever.
Lindsay
x

Turtles In North Dakota said...

Love it!! And your bag for sure is much cuter :)

jillytacy said...

It's awesome! the fabrics look great together.

Kerry said...

I love that tote - the fabric you used is lovely Val:-)
Stash projects are the best ...... a little bit of something for nothing:-)

annemarie said...

Great job - love your fabric choices.

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

Awesome! I haven't sewed anything for the After Christmas Sew Along yet...good grief!

UK lass in US said...

Such a cute bag (I'm ignoring your post about Christmas making... I'm not ready for that sort of crazy talk yet: I felt proud of myself when I started preparing for Christmas at the end of November last year. I think that's probably about my limit if I am to stay true to my procrastintor self)

Melinda Cornish said...

I love it....especially the fabric you used...I like it way better than the one in the book. if I meet the author, I will tell her that.

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